Marks & Spencer Corporate Responsibility

The six M&S stores across the island cover Food, Clothing and Home. All the stores are signed up to Marks and Spencer’s sustainability targets to substantially improve their environmental footprints. The natural environment is under increasing pressure as the world’s population grows and consumption increases. Although great progress has been made in raising awareness on climate change, the science indicates that we all still need to accelerate efforts to create a low carbon future.

Our plastics plan

We’re doing all we can to reduce the amount of plastic we use, like cutting our carrier bag usage, removing the plastic covers from our cashmere jumpers and swapping plastic straws for paper ones in M&S Cafés. By 2022, all our plastic packaging will be easy to recycle.

Sustainable seafood

At M&S, we care about where our fish comes from, whether it’s the prawns in our sandwiches or our ready-to-eat fish pies. We’ve had a strict sustainable sourcing policy in place for more than 20 years and can trace all our fish back to where it’s caught or farmed.

Farm to fork

All our M&S Select Farms fresh food (that’s more than 900 food products) comes from farmers we know and trust, so you can rest assured that they adhere to our high-quality, animal welfare and environmental protection standards.

Coffee with a conscience

We now make our Nespresso® compatible coffee capsules from 100% aluminium instead of plastic. Not only does this create a better seal, meaning coffee tastes fresher for longer, but the capsules can be recycled as part of our new dedicated scheme.

Food Donations

To help minimise local food waste and for as long as SandpiperCI has managed the partnership,  M&S Jersey has been donating food coming up to its ‘sell by’ date to local charities such as The Shelter, Refuge, Children’s Homes and other charities. The £300,000 plus we donate each year adds up to millions of pounds of food saved from going to waste.

We want to do even more

We know we must build a business that is low carbon, circular and restorative. Not in 50 years, but over the next 10-15 years. And we know we cannot do this alone. It is impossible for us to achieve these high ambitions without the rest of the economy changing.

We will accelerate our work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across every aspect of our value chain – in our operations, supply chains and customer’s homes – so that we can say that we are a truly low carbon business. Sustainable raw materials have always been at the heart of our environmental initiative, Plan A, and now we’re committing to ensure that 100% of our key raw materials (at least 80% of the total volume we use) in food, clothing, home and beauty products will be verified that they respect the integrity of ecosystems, the welfare of animals and the wellbeing of people and communities.